NACWA Advocates for Public Agency Members in Vital Supreme Court Clean Water Act Case

(May 21, 2019) - NACWA conveyed the public clean water sector’s perspective to the US Supreme Court on May 16 in one of the most significant Clean Water Act (CWA) cases to reach the High Court in decades.

The Association—along with Member Agencies the City and County of San Francisco, New York City, and the Denver Metro Wastewater Reclamation District—filed a brief in support of another NACWA Member Agency, the Maui County Department of Environmental Management, to resolve the question of whether the CWA requires a permit when pollutants originate from a point source, but are conveyed to navigable waters by a nonpoint source – i.e., groundwater.  The outcome of this litigation will have significant implications on public clean water utilities nationwide. 

For more information and analysis, see NACWA’s recent Advocacy Alert.